“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: …patience…”
Galatians 5:22, NLT
Most of us hate to wait. We get impatient when we are in the drive-through line at the bank and the person in front of us seems to be negotiating a second mortgage on their home right from their car. We put a hot dog in the microwave and we start tapping our fingers after thirty seconds because it is not done yet and we mumble, “Why is this taking so long?”
We are a hurried people. That is why there is a sign at a shop in Pennsylvania that reads “Antiques Made – While You Wait.” That is almost as absurd as the sign at a mall that reads, “Ears Pierced – While You Wait.” (I mean, is there an alternative? “Oh, I think I will just leave them here and pick them up in an hour!”)
What those stores are trying to sell is time – “we will do it in a hurry for you!” Why? Because we are a hurried people and many of us suffer from “hurry sickness.” Now there are many downsides to living a hurried life and one of the worst is that when you are always in a hurry, you tend to see people as an interruption, even your own family.
Hurry makes you forget that people are more important than your time. Charles Swindoll wrote, “busyness…substitutes shallow frenzy for deep friendship. It feeds the ego but starves the inner man. It fills a calendar but fractures a family.”
When you really love people, you are patient with them. Do you want the people in your life to know that you love them? Do you want your husband, your wife, your children, your friends to sense that you love them more? Slow down and demonstrate patience with them, because “love is patient.” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV)
QUESTION: Is the pace of your life negatively affecting your relationships? How do you plan to demonstrate love and patience to those you love?